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San Francisco State University ranked 172nd in the United States, 534th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 50% across 84 research topics. San Francisco State University ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 10,773 publications and 418,631 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 245 notable alumni.

Rank Ranking
#534 of 14,131 In the World
#197 of 2,597 In North America
#172 of 2,496 In the United States
#14 of 249 In California
#2 of 12 In San Francisco
#39 of 1,000 For Sexology
#104 of 1,005 For Gender Studies
#162 of 1,006 For Early Childhood Education
#203 of 7,353 For Alumni Impact
#279 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top50% For 81 other topics

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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

San Francisco State University ranked 159th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 415th in the World with 3,093 publications made and 99,478 citations received. Main research topics: Sociology, Demography, Political Science, Gender Studies, Education Majors.

Rank Ranking
#159 of 1,262 In the United States
#182 of 1,341 In North America
#415 of 5,073 In the World

San Francisco State University
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 34 18
1992 8 5
1993 10 19
1994 15 12
1995 12 263
1996 26 158
1997 37 63
1998 37 78
1999 39 117
2000 47 101
2001 51 181
2002 55 160
2003 64 186
2004 73 301
2005 70 274
2006 81 257
2007 81 274
2008 92 410
2009 118 518
2010 133 324
2011 150 358
2012 146 362
2013 140 391
2014 134 348
2015 149 441
2016 179 282
2017 139 228
2018 167 155
2019 139 113
2020 147 132
2021 172 62
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Gender Studies 48 54 104
Early Childhood Education 100 107 162
International Relations and Diplomacy 78 87 180
Education Majors 92 105 211
Philosophy 80 94 220
Broadcast Journalism 112 128 234
Radio and Television broadcasting 117 131 243
Special Education 113 129 243
Aesthetics 87 104 247
Linguistics 82 97 249
Anthropology 111 129 255
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies 133 147 270
Criminology and Criminal Justice 161 179 288
Political Economy 119 136 313
Art History 137 162 329
Human Rights Law 116 135 350
Sociology 134 157 359
Public Policy / Administration 137 157 362
Social Work 177 200 368
International Law 136 161 379
Media Studies 145 171 385
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 147 171 399
History 170 196 409
Classics and Ancient History 176 203 446
Publishing 158 181 452
Genealogy 180 205 458
Political Science 161 186 458
Communications and Public Relations 191 218 478
Military science 243 271 480
Law 201 225 494
Archaeology 168 194 496
Urban and Regional planning 116 140 545
Demography 187 210 589
Library and Information science 210 236 613
Sports / Exercise science 210 242 703
Law Enforcement 293 325 720
Journalism and Digital Media 222 253 744
Occupational Safety and Health 278 313 775

Psychology

San Francisco State University ranked 172nd for Psychology in the United States and 391st in the World with 1,858 publications made and 103,928 citations received. Main research topics: Social Psychology, Child Psychology, Education Majors, Sexology, Clinical Psychology.

Rank Ranking
#172 of 981 In the United States
#196 of 1,047 In North America
#391 of 3,654 In the World

San Francisco State University
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 24 20
1992 4 6
1993 15 44
1994 12 15
1995 4 2
1996 27 87
1997 23 87
1998 21 90
1999 18 57
2000 24 110
2001 29 234
2002 28 63
2003 33 272
2004 46 241
2005 40 278
2006 57 329
2007 60 431
2008 44 324
2009 90 623
2010 82 602
2011 72 496
2012 85 365
2013 81 295
2014 117 581
2015 110 433
2016 99 256
2017 98 357
2018 85 181
2019 72 354
2020 67 75
2021 93 31
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Sexology 30 32 39
Education Majors 92 105 211
Special Education 113 129 243
Social Psychology 156 180 296
Child Psychology 157 180 308
Social Work 177 200 368
Clinical Psychology 182 207 371
Cognitive Science 153 177 395
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 147 171 399
Psychiatry 225 253 583
Occupational Therapy 180 207 597
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 253 285 643

Medicine

San Francisco State University ranked 257th for Medicine in the United States and 1029th in the World with 1,510 publications made and 56,602 citations received. Main research topics: Health Science, Clinical Psychology, Public Health, Gerontology, Physical Therapy.

Rank Ranking
#257 of 1,040 In the United States
#286 of 1,110 In North America
#1029 of 4,739 In the World

San Francisco State University
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 8 14
1992 5 4
1993 9 12
1994 5 6
1995 2 2
1996 17 17
1997 24 51
1998 17 19
1999 13 28
2000 24 70
2001 26 96
2002 18 66
2003 38 176
2004 26 82
2005 23 83
2006 35 146
2007 42 264
2008 41 157
2009 54 370
2010 61 504
2011 57 245
2012 76 282
2013 64 164
2014 82 345
2015 75 281
2016 103 205
2017 88 199
2018 73 139
2019 79 122
2020 87 110
2021 107 31
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Social Work 177 200 368
Clinical Psychology 182 207 371
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 175 196 439
Gerontology 196 220 500
Public Health 171 193 513
Nursing 206 232 582
Psychiatry 225 253 583
Healthcare Management (MHA) 203 230 590
Occupational Therapy 180 207 597
Sports Medicine 193 223 639
Audiology 207 236 662
Sports / Exercise science 210 242 703
Health Science 238 260 716
Family medicine 228 251 721
Physical Therapy 223 252 801
Anatomy and Physiology 275 306 1143
Oncology and Cancer research 279 309 1359

Physics

San Francisco State University ranked 220th for Physics in the United States and 1135th in the World with 1,336 publications made and 64,270 citations received. Main research topics: Astrophysics and Astronomy, Quantum and Particle physics, Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Theoretical Physics.

Rank Ranking
#220 of 721 In the United States
#249 of 781 In North America
#1135 of 4,082 In the World

San Francisco State University
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 13 9
1992 8 25
1993 4 12
1994 11 5
1995 4 8
1996 11 40
1997 13 81
1998 27 60
1999 31 42
2000 25 23
2001 25 47
2002 30 123
2003 35 57
2004 57 288
2005 52 353
2006 65 262
2007 59 240
2008 64 273
2009 66 259
2010 78 199
2011 47 231
2012 60 288
2013 52 232
2014 72 327
2015 52 233
2016 63 351
2017 66 253
2018 41 120
2019 52 154
2020 59 404
2021 32 67
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Astrophysics and Astronomy 91 102 246
Astrobiology 121 134 285
Theoretical Physics 86 100 402
Quantum and Particle physics 127 146 556
Optical Engineering 190 217 840
Condensed Matter Physics 163 186 850
Materials Science 328 370 2261

Biology

San Francisco State University ranked 245th for Biology in the United States and 1208th in the World with 1,251 publications made and 59,006 citations received. Main research topics: Zoology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Botany.

Rank Ranking
#245 of 867 In the United States
#274 of 932 In North America
#1208 of 4,496 In the World

San Francisco State University
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 14 15
1992 11 7
1993 10 34
1994 10 12
1995 8 21
1996 21 95
1997 22 50
1998 27 89
1999 15 42
2000 27 59
2001 34 132
2002 25 132
2003 24 114
2004 20 202
2005 28 126
2006 31 123
2007 36 268
2008 48 221
2009 40 203
2010 40 168
2011 37 176
2012 46 239
2013 48 223
2014 63 339
2015 55 161
2016 68 189
2017 64 137
2018 52 129
2019 62 155
2020 79 123
2021 81 34
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Astrobiology 121 134 285
Evolutionary Biology 118 134 309
Zoology 111 130 330
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 110 134 362
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 175 196 439
Entomology 162 190 610
Genetics 217 241 835
Molecular Biology 230 255 987
Paleontology 266 302 989
Botany 154 186 1008
Biochemistry 242 271 1109
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 253 280 1173
Oncology and Cancer research 279 309 1359

Environmental Science

San Francisco State University ranked 141st for Environmental Science in the United States and 611th in the World with 1,243 publications made and 87,231 citations received. Main research topics: Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Geology, Oceanography, Environmental Management.

Rank Ranking
#141 of 750 In the United States
#168 of 818 In North America
#611 of 4,023 In the World

San Francisco State University
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 6 16
1992 2 1
1993 8 17
1994 8 8
1995 9 78
1996 12 70
1997 18 55
1998 11 67
1999 9 22
2000 28 246
2001 34 124
2002 39 478
2003 21 147
2004 41 551
2005 39 184
2006 38 145
2007 32 253
2008 53 488
2009 47 296
2010 47 245
2011 52 280
2012 58 339
2013 50 228
2014 82 284
2015 79 302
2016 70 283
2017 65 186
2018 55 184
2019 42 140
2020 60 127
2021 47 21
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Oceanography 72 86 208
Ecology 101 124 288
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 110 134 362
Urban and Regional planning 116 140 545
Earth science and Geophysics 177 209 683
Hydrology and Water resources management 159 189 724
Geography and Cartography 171 202 725
Environmental Chemistry 155 187 753
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science 195 229 784
Geology 197 235 841
Paleontology 266 302 989
Environmental Management 200 238 992

Business

San Francisco State University ranked 193rd for Business in the United States and 596th in the World with 980 publications made and 44,764 citations received. Main research topics: Marketing, Public Policy / Administration, Finance, Advertising, Investment Banking and Stock trading.

Rank Ranking
#193 of 834 In the United States
#221 of 900 In North America
#596 of 4,001 In the World

San Francisco State University
Business Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 9 3
1992 5 1
1993 5 4
1994 4 24
1995 7 40
1996 17 79
1997 23 69
1998 22 103
1999 16 71
2000 12 47
2001 22 144
2002 16 54
2003 28 123
2004 31 188
2005 27 30
2006 28 130
2007 39 173
2008 38 135
2009 54 277
2010 45 106
2011 58 175
2012 35 58
2013 35 115
2014 27 76
2015 34 56
2016 63 183
2017 46 218
2018 48 48
2019 38 76
2020 34 27
2021 42 14
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Entrepreneurship 93 110 273
Entertainment Industry Business 112 131 276
Marketing 120 138 328
Real Estate 132 149 330
Advertising 152 169 356
Public Policy / Administration 137 157 362
Hospitality and Hotel Management 73 92 397
Accounting 194 217 598
Finance 199 225 615
Management 209 239 638
Human Resource Management 199 228 656
International Business 186 213 681
Tax Law 227 259 694
Investment Banking and Stock trading 207 233 708
Management Information Systems 194 224 723
International Trade 188 219 744
Actuarial Science 242 270 761
Operations Research 188 220 773
Occupational Safety and Health 278 313 775

Computer Science

San Francisco State University ranked 242nd for Computer Science in the United States and 1005th in the World with 961 publications made and 31,581 citations received. Main research topics: Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Multimedia, Management Information Systems.

Rank Ranking
#242 of 858 In the United States
#277 of 927 In North America
#1005 of 4,392 In the World

San Francisco State University
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 5 3
1992 2 0
1993 5 2
1994 6 1
1995 3 1
1996 9 4
1997 14 51
1998 11 7
1999 10 59
2000 15 65
2001 16 120
2002 15 30
2003 21 40
2004 27 86
2005 19 16
2006 27 125
2007 42 97
2008 37 99
2009 49 213
2010 49 159
2011 30 77
2012 40 41
2013 48 132
2014 51 156
2015 37 82
2016 58 208
2017 43 193
2018 54 95
2019 52 118
2020 55 46
2021 60 16
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Cognitive Science 153 177 395
UX/UI Desgin 146 172 562
Web Design and Development 144 170 585
Library and Information science 210 236 613
Information Technology 206 235 671
Game Design and Development 189 221 712
Management Information Systems 194 224 723
Multimedia 207 233 727
Human-Computer Interaction 186 214 778
Data Science 224 255 901
Computer Graphics 194 224 932
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 253 280 1173
Artificial Intelligence (AI) 269 304 1500

Engineering

San Francisco State University ranked 267th for Engineering in the United States and 1609th in the World with 869 publications made and 23,190 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Operations Research.

Rank Ranking
#267 of 756 In the United States
#307 of 818 In North America
#1609 of 4,624 In the World

San Francisco State University
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 8 6
1992 3 0
1993 2 2
1994 11 5
1995 9 1
1996 10 3
1997 6 13
1998 10 12
1999 12 19
2000 6 6
2001 13 38
2002 11 20
2003 23 87
2004 19 152
2005 21 26
2006 35 79
2007 34 117
2008 34 67
2009 34 74
2010 54 117
2011 43 130
2012 47 107
2013 46 110
2014 40 74
2015 37 95
2016 53 61
2017 45 92
2018 39 50
2019 44 60
2020 39 64
2021 38 13
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Product and Industrial Design 90 105 282
Aviation 179 206 608
Aerospace Engineering 223 251 742
Operations Research 188 220 773
Human-Computer Interaction 186 214 778
Optical Engineering 190 217 840
Landscape Architecture 170 196 895
Firefighting and Fire Science 196 229 952
Electronic Engineering 203 238 1149
Materials Science 328 370 2261

Economics

San Francisco State University ranked 181st for Economics in the United States and 589th in the World with 587 publications made and 14,620 citations received. Main research topics: Political Economy, Development Studies, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Finance, Investment Banking and Stock trading.

Rank Ranking
#181 of 654 In the United States
#207 of 717 In North America
#589 of 3,039 In the World

San Francisco State University
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 8 6
1992 3 4
1993 4 4
1994 4 23
1995 3 0
1996 8 8
1997 8 3
1998 7 2
1999 10 35
2000 11 24
2001 11 13
2002 15 23
2003 12 20
2004 10 22
2005 20 116
2006 16 20
2007 17 24
2008 18 41
2009 33 88
2010 30 84
2011 26 73
2012 25 44
2013 21 40
2014 26 48
2015 25 134
2016 22 61
2017 28 22
2018 28 35
2019 24 21
2020 29 22
2021 31 4
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
International Relations and Diplomacy 78 87 180
Political Economy 119 136 313
Development Studies 151 173 497
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 171 197 586
Finance 199 225 615
Investment Banking and Stock trading 207 233 708
International Trade 188 219 744
Actuarial Science 242 270 761

Art & Design

San Francisco State University ranked 154th for Art & Design in the United States and 506th in the World with 530 publications made and 7,830 citations received. Main research topics: Creative Writing, Aesthetics, Multimedia, Art History, Literature.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

Rank Ranking
#154 of 685 In the United States
#180 of 750 In North America
#506 of 2,700 In the World

San Francisco State University
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 10 2
1992 2 4
1993 4 18
1994 5 1
1995 1 0
1996 6 7
1997 7 11
1998 5 4
1999 9 23
2000 5 1
2001 7 1
2002 11 14
2003 16 19
2004 12 8
2005 11 15
2006 14 28
2007 20 29
2008 12 9
2009 21 57
2010 22 26
2011 24 35
2012 23 8
2013 18 4
2014 23 73
2015 27 8
2016 27 25
2017 19 40
2018 41 18
2019 35 10
2020 20 31
2021 31 8
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Aesthetics 87 104 247
Entertainment Industry Business 112 131 276
Creative Writing 106 125 289
Cinematography 93 110 297
Art History 137 162 329
Photography 117 135 365
Fashion Design 132 153 376
Literature 148 172 402
Performing arts 159 187 445
Interior Design 97 110 475
Music 190 217 525
UX/UI Desgin 146 172 562
Singing and Vocal Performance 192 220 577
Graphic Design 194 222 666
Illustration and Concept Art 177 204 678
Painting and Drawing 175 203 694
Sculpture 175 203 694
Game Design and Development 189 221 712
Multimedia 207 233 727
Landscape Architecture 170 196 895
Computer Graphics 194 224 932

Mathematics

San Francisco State University ranked 199th for Mathematics in the United States and 770th in the World with 480 publications made and 18,988 citations received. Main research topics: Math Teachers, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Statistics, Operations Research, Actuarial Science.

Rank Ranking
#199 of 684 In the United States
#230 of 744 In North America
#770 of 3,376 In the World

San Francisco State University
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 12 18
1992 3 3
1993 5 14
1994 10 32
1995 1 0
1996 10 20
1997 5 3
1998 3 1
1999 6 29
2000 12 27
2001 7 8
2002 7 40
2003 10 8
2004 14 27
2005 14 71
2006 11 29
2007 12 19
2008 15 47
2009 25 87
2010 20 27
2011 19 12
2012 11 43
2013 21 77
2014 19 60
2015 24 14
2016 22 45
2017 15 42
2018 18 7
2019 32 29
2020 25 17
2021 20 5
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Math Teachers 152 165 339
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 171 197 586
Statistics 200 228 691
Actuarial Science 242 270 761
Operations Research 188 220 773

Other rankings

Non-core subjects for San Francisco State University

Speciality United States North America World Rank
Computational Chemistry 172 196 748
Organic Chemistry 234 270 1360
Chemistry 281 322 1721